Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, India’s first biotechnology entrepreneur, and the chairperson and managing director of Biocon India group is truly a trendsetter.  Here listed out Kiran Mazumdar Shaw Biography, Profile, Facts, Timeline, Awards, Achievemnet, etc.,

Born On 23 March 1953
Born In Bangalore, India
Occupation Founder & Chairperson of Biocon
Nationality Indian
Known as Trialblazer in biotechnology industry
Spouse John Shaw
Awards Othmer Gold Medal (2014)


  • Starting out in a relatively unknown field she worked hard, non-stoppingly for nearly 25 years to create a name for herself. Today at 50 she is the richest Indian Woman.
  • Born in Bangalore, she had her early education in Bishop Cotton Girls School and then in Mount Carmel College. Wanting to do something  different, she went to Ballarat College, Melbourne, specializing in Malting and Brewing Technology.  She  to become India’s first woman brew master.
  • She started Biocon in 1978 collaborating with an Irish firm and floated two joint ventures, Biochemizyme and Biocon-Quest India Ltd.
  • She always says that her inspiration for Biocon was, a chance meeting with the founder of Biocon International, Leslie Auchincloss.  Her goal to do something different has led her to 15 patents for new enzymes  in recent years.
  • Her vision has transformed Biocon from an industrial-enzyme company into an integrated biopharmaceutical company. Today it is one of the leaders in India’s biotech industry.
  • Biocon has several ‘firsts’ to its credit.  It will soon be the world’s first company to manufacture human insulin from the yeast organism,  Pichia Pastoris, she reckons.
  • Mazumdar says, “In India biotechnology is the new sunrise industry after IT. She feels, for India, Biotechnology would provide far-reachin benefits to the needs in food and nutrition, human healthcare, industrial and environmental solutions.
  • It is rightly referred to as the “Technology of Hope”. Hope for our hungry through high yielding, high nutrition food crops, golden rice, golden wheat and many more.
  • Kiran Mazumdar had started Biocon with a small capital, but with a dedicated team  of high qualified professionals.  They came to work with her for a pittance but today they are at enviable positions.
  • Mazumdar won a number of awards and held important positions.  She has been the Vice-President,  Association of Woman Enterpreneurs of  Karnataka ( AWAKE ).  She was awarded  the Rotary  Award for Best Model Employer, National Award for Best Small Industry and most noteworthy, the Padmashri in 1989 from the Government of India.
  • In addition to all this, there is another side of Kiran Mazumdar, which may do not know.  She has been a vocal supporter of civic amenities, roads and cleanliness in the city of Bangalore.
  • She has contributed one crore rupees to the Bangalore Agenda Task Force (BATF ), which is starting the Swacha Bangalore programme. She also has a keen interest in local arts and does some writing too.
  • She has proved that the will to struggle and hard work can surely take one to the peaks.  In her own words, “Success is only pleasurable when you struggle for it”.

What is Biotechnology:
Dictionary defines that it is the exploitation of biological process for industrial and other applications, especially, the genetic manipulation of micro-organism for the production of antibiotics, hormones, etc.

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